Musings: Sugar Cookie Day

Today’s topic is: “Share a special cookie recipe or a great idea for sugar cookie decorating for National Sugar Cookie Day.” 

Happy National Sugar Cookie Day everyone! (Did you know there was such a thing?)

I love to watch videos of artists decorating cookies with phenomenally intricate designs. There is something mesmerizing about their process and technique. I just can’t get enough.

I think my favorite is Mezesmanna. They have cookies that look like they’ve been embroidered! I can’t believe what they can do with sugar and food coloring! Check out their Facebook page to watch videos!

A large part of my fascination is my own complete lack of cookie-decorating skills. I’m not skill-less in the kitchen; I make a handsome berry pie with a lattice top. But I have no natural talent for frosting. My cookies usually look like kiddie table rejects at the Christmas party. (Thankfully, they still taste good, even if they don’t win any beauty pageants.)


I can’t remember the last time I made a batch of plain sugar cookies. My household prefers chocolate chip (or chocolate chip-less, which I suppose is a kind of sugar cookie). During the Christmas season, I can’t help but make a few batches of gingerbread cookies because they’re my favorite, they freeze well, and they are utterly delightful even when undecorated.

I suppose that like many skills, thousands of hours of practice could turn just about anyone into a cookie artist. But unfortunately, I don’t have the time or patience in this lifetime to try. Maybe the next time around I’ll major in art-a-la-sugar. Devouring my mistakes along the way would certainly make climbing the steep learning curve much more tolerable! Hmm, now that I think about it, I’m feeling a little peckish. Maybe I will start practicing (and eliminating the not-so-perfect ones) now.

Share your favorite cookie decorating tip in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook


2 thoughts on “Musings: Sugar Cookie Day

  1. Diane says:

    Take it from someone who decorates a lot of cookies…..those designs are complicated….and only work with Royal frosting….which dries rock hard and I don’t like the taste of. I use butter cream frosting on mine which is a bit harder to do intricate designs….but if you are doing 80 dozen in two weeks… have to simplify!!!!


  2. celiamae12 says:

    I love watching the videos of people decorating cakes and cookies! However, it just makes me want to eat them. :)


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